Happy Halloween weekend! Instead of decorating like I originally planned, I baked pumpkin ale bread to celebrate. The recipe comes from Caroline at A Cozy Kitchen as a grown-up version of her college staple.
The basic recipe from her college days is 3 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 teaspoons baking powder, and one 12oz beer. Use one beer for the recipe and drink the other five! Yup, college. This version is dressed up with salt, ginger, cinnamon, all-spice, and pumpkin ale.
I’m not an ale girl, so I used up half the 6-pack by making three different kinds. The first was plain and had too much baking powder. Oops! It was tasty as a bread, but too bland to take to coworkers for a treat. I changed to 2 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and doubled all the spices. The second attempt has walnuts and extra all-spice. The third has walnuts and chocolate chips with extra cinnamon.
The verdict: Delicious. This recipe is boyfriend and coworker approved.
Maybe next time I’ll try it with a stout and use some chocolate powder…